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Day and Night World Map

The map below shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shows which parts of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night.

Map showing day and night parts of the world

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Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Monday, October 8, 2012 at 13:44:00 UTC.
  • The Sun's position is marked with this symbol: Sun symbol. At this location, the Sun will be at its zenith (directly overhead) in relation to an observer.
  • The Moon's position is marked with this symbol: Moon symbol. At this location, the Moon will be at its zenith in relation to an observer. Note that the symbol is not showing the current phase of the Moon.
  • Different shades of darkness are used to indicate night; these shades are in order from lightest to darkest:
    • Civil Twilight (lightest shade)
    • Nautical Twilight
    • Astronomical Twilight
    • Night, no twilight (darkest)
  • Latitude circles
    • NPC – Northern Polar Circle, or Arctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' N. At locations north of the Arctic Circle, the Sun is visible all day and night during a period before and after the June solstice.
    • NT – Northern Tropic, or Tropic of Cancer, is at latitude 23°26' N and is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during June solstice, around June 21).
    • ST – Southern Tropic, or Tropic of Capricorn, is at latitude 23°26' S and is the southernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during December solstice, around December 21).
    • SPC – Southern Polar Circle, or Antarctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' S. South of this latitude, the Sun is visible all day and night during summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Map is generated based on images from NASA

Position of the Sun

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 13:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 10' South, Longitude: 29° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.25 meters/second, 1660.5 km/hour, 1031.8 miles/hour or 896.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.20 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.20 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.2"1031.75 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.73 mi
24 hours0° 04' 04.8"4.68 miwest0° 22' 46.9"26.09 misouth26.51 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 13:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 07' North, Longitude: 114° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.75 meters/second, 1536.3 km/hour, 954.6 miles/hour or 829.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.91 miwest0° 00' 05.7"0.11 misouth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.3"954.35 miwest0° 05' 48.3"6.65 misouth954.63 mi
24 hours11° 36' 29.6"763.30 mieast2° 43' 36.2"187.51 misouth791.44 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

The following table shows 10 locations with Sun near zenith position in the sky.

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Fernando de NoronhaMon 11:44 AM441 km274 miles238 nmNorthwest NW
RecifeMon 10:44 AM669 km416 miles361 nmWest-southwest WSW
NatalMon 10:44 AM677 km421 miles366 nmWest W
FortalezaMon 10:44 AM1080 km671 miles583 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorMon 10:44 AM1271 km790 miles686 nmSouthwest SW
BelémMon 10:44 AM2210 km1373 miles1193 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaMon 10:44 AM2305 km1432 miles1245 nmWest-southwest WSW
Rio de JaneiroMon 10:44 AM2392 km1486 miles1292 nmSouthwest SW
FreetownMon 1:44 PM2397 km1489 miles1294 nmNortheast NE
PraiaMon 12:44 PM2414 km1500 miles1303 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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